Yesterday I got up feeling just awful. I didn’t sleep well (coughing again) and it proved just impossible to get me kick-started, so I curled up on the sofa and took a nap while Tempus was moving the worst of the stuff that got piled in again. That at least got me up and moving afterwards. I did a reading and talked with a bunch of customers, but we weren’t all that busy, so I worked on computer housekeeping alternating with sorting things in the office space while Tempus worked on the aisles.
I finally switched to working on Mab’s Creations inventory, because it was something I could get to. Amy was here for Sewing. Afterwards we had supper and Tempus took off for Newport at around 9pm. He had gotten gas for the car, earlier. He got rolling near the usual time.
I started working on another embroidery project. I’m working out a series of border designs that include sets of horizontal and diagonal designs. The rain had quit, which looked good for the paper route. I spent a little while making one batch of garlic butter and filtering a mint liqueur that may only be good as an extract.
Tempus picked me up around 2 and I finished the route with him. It was cloudy at first, but the sky cleared somewhat as the night went on. The Moon and Jupiter were really bright. The Moon had a halo, several times and a colored corona much of the night. What was really pretty was when we were going along Bayview Road on the Backbay. The water was as smooth as a mirror and reflected the glowing clouds perfectly. At one point I had Tempus slow down so he could take a look. He said, “Pretty! It’s awfully wet, though… ” 🙂
We surprised a deer in one driveway, much as we surprised an elk Tuesday night, when we went up to the spring. The other “wildlife” bit was the skunk that had sprayed all over near King Salmon. Ew…. There were blooming daffodils in several places and the jonquils at the shop are starting to open!
We’re dragging a little this morning, having gotten in at 5:30. Tempus has to make a run into Newport for some errands and we’ve already had customers since the sunshine is so nice, and it’s warm again.
A frozen spiderweb!
Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29 . It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.
Fornicalia is a feast from ancient Rome of bread and ovens and the goddess Fornax, the personification of the oven. It is the day that the spelt (wheat) for the mola salsa (sacred cakes) was toasted. We know that this day was the last of the festival which ran over several days, although either the beginning date danced around the calendar or kept changing. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fornax_%28mythology%29 (follow the links and other references) Today is another day sacred to the crocus, crocus susianus. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/26 at 6:58am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/18 at 11:33am.
By 9 p.m. or so, the <<< Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northeast. In the northwest, Cassiopeia >>>> also stands on end at about the same height. As spring approaches, the Dipper will rise higher and Cassiopeia will move lower.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in southern Ophiuchus) rises in the early morning hours and stands in the southeast before and during dawn. Redder Antares, magnitude +1.0, twinkles 17° to Saturn’s right.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 17 High 4:34 AM 7.3 7:12 AM Set 10:42 AM 68
~ 17 Low 11:17 AM 1.8 5:48 PM
~ 17 High 5:12 PM 5.7
~ 17 Low 10:56 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you are forgiving you do not become a doormat. You become the door.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write.” — William Faulkner
~ A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. – Helen Keller
~ When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out. – David L. Weatherford
~ You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset. – Tom Hopkins
RAPUNZEL AND THE VAMPIRE
The vampire’s cape swirled behind him
as he climbed the castle wall;
Oh, Goodness! What was I to do?
Should I be scared? Or will he fall?
I’ve been in this turret window everyday
hanging down my long blonde braid;
waiting for a climbing prince to come
so I won’t have to stay a pure maid.
But I know at least a vampire won’t care
about the one drawback that I have…
hanging out of this window everyday
gives me headaches, split ends and frizzy hair! © August 2005 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
One of the oldest ways that human beings have sought insight and self-awareness is by turning to the living world. The medicine walk is a simple technique to help you do the same. Traditionally, the medicine walk might last a full day or longer and include fasting from food in order to increase personal clarity. But you can learn the process in a much shorter time–even under an hour–and get satisfying results. And you can always consider doing a more extensive version in the future.
Learn the simple principles of the medicine walk.
- Place. For your medicine walk, go to a natural area that feels strongly inviting. It’s better to be away from human activity as much as possible, but if that isn’t possible, do what you can. Before you begin, take some time to get centered and aligned both inside yourself and with your surroundings. Focus your intention by following your breath until you feel quiet and ready. Tune in to the energy of the place and ask it–verbally or silently–if it would be willing to help you. The positive feeling you get in response will be your sign to continue. If you have any doubt about the response, choose another place that feels really good.
- Intention. The most important part of your medicine walk is the clarity of your intention. To set your intention clearly, think of a question around which you’d like insight. IT could relate to any area of your life. The more specific you make your question, the clearer the answer you’ll get.
When you’ve chosen your question, turn your attention back to the living environment around you. Either aloud or silently, ask this place and the creatures within it to help you gain insight around your question. Say the question aloud, at least once, to help yourself be as clear as possible.
- Listen. When you feel ready, start to walk. Take all the time you like. Keeping silent will help you to maintain your focus on the question.
As you walk, release any expectations about what you think you should find. Follow your impulses and let them guide you to whatever calls you. When something attracts your attention, sit with it. See what it has to share with you about your question. How do you feel when you’re with it? What insights come to you?
The medicine walk draws on your imagination and symbolic awareness. The answers you receive probably won’t come verbally or literally. Instead, approach this communication as you might approach a dream of a painting. Let it speak to the intuitive, nonverbal parts of your awareness.
Example: Randy talked about the trees: “The trees all felt so self-contained. None of them seemed to have any question about whether they were doing things right or whether they had a right to be there. I realized I might try to be that way myself and just do what feels right instead of worrying what people say all the time.”
- Gratitude. When you feel complete with your medicine walk, take a few moments to thank the place for the insights you’ve received. If you like, use a simple, symbolic gesture to communicate your gratitude. This helps to complete your process and lets you return to the rest of your life with greater clarity. Breathe consciously and take a few moments to re-center yourself before you return to normal awareness.
If you’ve received answers, write them into your Nature journal. If your experience was less focused, record it anyway. In either case, allow yourself to stay open. Sometimes, the most dramatic insights come to people after they’ve completed their medicine walk–either in dreams or at other times.
From Kelly at We Are Woman We Are Goddess